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Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Entry

Join the team at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre for four daily talks and feeding sessions with New Zealand’s rarest inhabitants.

Not too long ago, New Zealand was known for its deafening dawn chorus and unusual wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Today, visitors can get a glimpse of this unique world by entering Pūkaha, a restored native forest that is home to some of the country’s most endangered species.

By stepping into this unfenced reserve you also contribute to the breeding programmes working to return the bird song across New Zealand, for the shore plover, pāteke, whio and many more. Visitors will also get to see Manukura, the only white Kiwi in captivity in the world and the hand-reared kōkako, Kahurangi.

Visitors can book a guided or Behind the Scenes tour which depart daily with advance booking. Or you can join one of four daily talks/feeds included with general admission:

11:00am Tuatara & Forgotten Fauna

12:00pm Kiwi

1:30pm Longfin (tuna) eel

3:00pm Kākā circus

You can see breeding and advocacy birds including takahe, hihi (stitchbird), kākāriki and korimako (bellbird) while the 942-hectare reserve is also home to wild North Island kākā, kereru (New Zealand pigeon), rifleman and kōkako, as well as North Island brown kiwi.

A longer walking track is also available (1.5hrs approx.) that takes you deeper into the forest. You can top off your day with a visit to the interactive gallery and Kākā Cafe, overlooking the Takahe enclosure. Just keep an eye out for the cheeky Kākā who love to beg for a bit of lunch!

Price: $20 Adult, $6 Child (5-15 years), Under 5 Free

Product Extras: Guided tour, behind the scenes tour, night tour.

Location: 85379 State Highway 2, Masterton (2 hours drive from Wellington or Napier)

 

Also check out the great deals on our other product:

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre - Family Entry

Available Bookings from June 20 to June 26

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Tina from Australia wrote on 05 June 2019

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Fantastic place to visit. Beautiful setting and very friendly staff. Well worth the trip to see Manukura. Great cafe onsite too

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Nick Kam from Canada wrote on 07 April 2019

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Absolutely Wonderful!

I was not expecting I would hang around for 5 hours in the centre! But there were so many interesting things to see and an easy hike to do. It was a wonderful day! So happy to see the white kiwi!

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Mark M from New Zealand wrote on 01 April 2019

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Hidden Gem of the Wairarapa

A great morning out with the whānau: enjoying the cool shade of the trees, the call of nga manu and discovering the wonders of our backyard.

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Donna from Canada wrote on 30 March 2019

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Great visit!

Wonderful place to explore! Birds are very social and fun to watch! The white Kiwi is very cute! Walking trail to the lookout a bonus! And very informative with rangers giving great talks! We really enjoyed the eel feeding too! Spent over 4 hours for $10.00 per person with book.me which is awesome value!

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Cecilie from New Zealand wrote on 13 March 2019

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Really interesting place.

It is many years since our last visit, so pleased we have been back. This is amazing, such variety with the inside and outside features. The tracks around the hour long walk are excellent, the guide map we were given is very clear and to see and HEAR the birds is lovely. Thanks to all who have made these improvements, we will be back in the future too.

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